My Two-Penn’orth (It’s A 2p-5p Game)
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Today, my last poker column will be published in the Guardian. Not my fault - for the time being anyway, they’re getting rid of all their daily games columns. I’m a bit wistful, because I’ve been writing it for over six years now so it’s something of a routine. But there’s a big plus side: inevitably, with a weekly poker column, there’ll be weeks when I haven’t observed any particularly interesting hands, and nothing gripping has happened on the general poker circuit, and I haven’t woken up with any new insights into how you might play a missed draw on the turn, so it all feels like a bit of a grind. I’ll be glad to see the back of that.
Having said that, I have a feeling I’ll be doing this again sooner or later, in a different place and/or different form. For now, I expect I’ll put a few more poker posts on this blog. It won’t be weekly - as I say, I’ll be glad to escape the need to come up with thoughts quite as frequently as that - but I’ll be happy to use this space when inspiration strikes, or when I’ve played or watched an interesting or controversial hand (and of course, as always, I’ll post from tournaments I’m playing abroad if there are fun anecdotes or photos I want to share). It’ll actually be better, because this blog (unlike the column page in the Guardian) is open for comments, so it’ll be nice to get a bit of feedback on how others might have approached a hand that I found debatable. Also, there are no space limitations here. It’s always been a bit frustrating that the Guardian pieces have to be squeezed into 300 words or fewer; doesn’t leave a lot of room for the nuances and I’ll be glad to be able to write hands up in greater detail when it’s needed.
Non-poker players: don’t be alarmed, I’ll do my best to label the poker posts and, even if I forget to do that, this won’t suddenly turn into a poker-only blog. It’ll always be a mix.
For now, my last column (and final sweeping advice to Guardian readers about the beautiful game of poker) is here. And my poker book, which is written in the hope of entertaining players and non-players alike, is, of course, still available.